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ENGL 111: English Composition - Belknap

Finding Background Info - To Explore or Refine Topics

A good starting place, encyclopedias can provide general background information and may suggest directions for research.

  • Funk & Wagnalls Encyclopedia 

  • Oxford Reference OnlineFull-text subject-focused Encyclopedias and Dictionaries from Oxford University Press

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These resources provide helpful background and history, statistics, and current trends around controversial topics:

The Pew Research Center provides information and reports on "on the issues, attitudes and trends shaping America and the world." A great source of current statistics and analysis.


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